Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Henri flooded the area overnight with up to eight inches of rain in the Central New Jersey area. Many people traveling on flooded roadways were trapped in the vehicles and needed to be rescued.
Hightstown Fire Company reported responding to at least 10 incidents with the majority being water rescues. Hightstown firefighters rescued eight civilians who were trapped in their vehicles or relocated to the roof of their vehicles due to flood waters.
The National Weather Service reported that 4 to 8 inches of rain fell from the storm and that Middlesex and Mercer Counties were particular hard hit.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Raymond J. Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department announced that a Jamesburg man has been sentenced for his involvement in a crash resulting in the death of Cory Holsten, 25, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick.
Peter Prete, 59, of Jamesburg, was sentenced by the Honorable Andrea Carter, J.S.C. to an aggregate eleven years in prison on one count of second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death and one count of third-degree hindering his own apprehension. Upon his release from prison, Prete will be subject to a one-year loss of license for having left the scene of the crash.
Prete was arrested and charged following an investigation by Patrolman William Merkler of the South Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation determined that on August 8, 2019, at approximately 8:50 P.M., Prete was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he was involved in a crash with a motorcycle driven by Holsten. Prete then fled the scene. Holsten was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash.
JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The Jamesburg Police Department investigating a child luring incident found the following:
On June 15th, 2020 The Jamesburg Police Department received a call in reference to a possible child luring incident in the area of East Railroad Ave and Franklin Street. After speaking with the caller, Jamesburg officers located Spencer Pitt, 58, from Aberdeen New Jersey located in Green acres Park near the children’s playground area.
Pitt was highly intoxicated and combative toward officers. Pitt was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. During the course of the arrest, Pitt assaulted a police officer and physically resisted arrest. Pitt was also in possession of a knife.
During processing at police HQ, Pitt spit on a police officer and refused to be finger printed. Pitt also made threats to kill the officers involved in the arrest.
Pitt was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, littering, resisting arrest, assault on police, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, obstruction, terroristic threats, and refusing to be finger printed.
The public is reminded that all subjects arrested by the Jamesburg Police Department are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department said authorities successfully resolved a potentially dangerous situation by taking into custody a juvenile barricaded in a home earlier today.
A 15-year old juvenile was taken into custody without incident. The juvenile is charged with making terroristic threats in the second degree and criminal trespass in the fourth degree.
At approximately 11:18 am law enforcement officers from the Jamesburg Police Department responded to a home on Pergola Avenue regarding the presence of an intruder. The intruder was ultimately identified as a juvenile who had made recent threats to commit crimes of violence and to kill. The juvenile who was not authorized to be in the home was commanded by police to exit, but the juvenile failed to comply.
Subsequently, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was dispatched to the residence after they were alerted of the previous threats made by the juvenile and his failure to comply with the direction of the law enforcement authorities on the scene. SORT utilized numerous means of de-escalation over the course of three hours which included the use of a crisis negotiator.
Through the use of the SORT negotiator the juvenile ultimately surrendered peacefully at approximately 4:49 pm. The juvenile was taken into and remains in the custody of juvenile authorities.
No one was injured during the incident this afternoon.
The investigation is active and is being pursued by Detective Sergeant Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department.
Acting Prosecutor Kuberiet thanks the professional response of the SORT and the Jamesburg Police Department.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the juvenile are merely accusations and the juvenile is presumed innocent until proven guilty.